K1 in immigration terminology is the fiancé(e) visa, issued to foreigners coming to the United States, allowing them to enter the US and stay for 90 days. During that time, the US citizen and his/her fiancé(e) need to get married in order for the foreigner to be able to stay in the country.
There are many misconceptions about the K-1 visa. People think the process can be done in a few weeks. Notwithstanding, people need to be realistic, since the process is long and can last for several months. There are no shortcuts to the process. If done properly, the fiancé(e) gets a visa in most cases. But it requires patience, knowledge and some professional help to get through the whole process.
People wrongly assume that the process is easy and painless. The truth is, the whole process can be very stressful if not done properly. These are the common mistakes people make when applying for US K1 Fiance Visa:
- Not getting a visa lawyer
- No preparation for the interview
- Not enough documentation filed
- Applying after being refused for another visa
- Documents of the fiancé(e) are not ready
- Marriage not done on time
- US citizen hasn’t got his documents ready
- False information in the form
- Doing everything by themselves
- Giving up
- Getting a visa lawyer for help and guidance is the best step applicants can make. Lawyers know all the forms, procedures and protocols of the whole process.
- Preparing for the interview is an important step. No matter how much they love each other, applicants must prepare for the nerve wracking interview process. It is a fact that any sign of nervousness can prevent them from getting a visa.
- Applicants must submit everything that the consul officer asks. Basic information like date and place of birth, residence etc must be the same on all of the documents. Names should not be misspelled.
- Once refused for a visa, applicants are better off waiting for a few months, maybe even a year before applying for another type of visa. It is a wrong move when the applicant applies for a work / student visa, and then for a fiancé(e) visa.
- The fiancé(e) must have all his/her required documents ready. Without documentation, it is not wise to apply for visa. After the visa is secured, the US citizen and his/her fiancé(e) have 90 days to get married. Otherwise, the fiancé(e) might get deported.
- Besides the fiancé(e), the US citizen must have all his documents ready.
- False information has no place on the form. Officials cross examine both the fiancé(e) and the US citizen. If they find something different in their answers, applicants may be rejected in obtaining their visa. Officials are known to ask tricky questions.
The biggest mistake applicants make is that they try to do everything by themselves. The whole process can seem confusing, hence hiring a lawyer deemed to be necessary. Sometimes, the visa can be rejected. Giving up is a mistake many of the couples make. The problem can be anything, from not filling all information and paperwork, to bad interview, or anything else. In saying that, professionals are there to help applicants.